The Beatles Get Back documentary and chamber music

Edited: December 27, 2021, 3:23 PM · We’ve been binge watching the Beatles Get Back (alas just out on Disney+) this week. It is spellbinding watching them struggle and create the melody, the lyrics, and gradually, bit by bit, pull together almost from thin air, their songs for the ages like Let it Be. And then as they rehearse hours, days, weeks on end, composing the ensemble aspects, once they have the tunes (when the drums should come in, when to do the chord shifts) and practicing. I watch this admittedly as a Beatles fan, but also in the context of loving playing violin in my new amateur very traditional classical quartet (where we are playing Haydn and Borodin so far, thanks to all of your recommendations). There are similarities, like when they all stop and tune, when they tinker with who should play louder or quieter. But especially I feel as a similarity, that wonderful indescribable amazing feeling when everything comes together and the music feels like it is its own living, moving entity, much more than the sum of its parts, and you look at each other when you finish and know something special just happened. This must transcend genre and ability too, to a large extent. I guess this is why people play music together. I wonder if others watched this and feel this parallel or similarity.

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December 28, 2021, 3:31 PM · You and your quartet might also like to play Fritz Spiegl's "Eine kleine Beatlemusic" - but you may have to learn or write down the parts from the vinyl, as i don't know where you can get a printed score from.
December 28, 2021, 4:14 PM · My teacher (viola) is on tour with the Bootleg Beatles at the moment.

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